6 Best Ways To Remove Makeup Stains From Clothes

Removing makeup stains from clothes can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be.

Have you ever took time applying your makeup just right, only for it to end up on your shirt? The struggle is definitely real.

Here are six ways to remove makeup stains from your clothes. What’s great is that most of the stain fighting products you need can be found right in your chemical closest at home or underneath your bathroom sink; a place where most of your household cleaning products collect dust.

If you do need to go out and buy some products listed here, don’t worry. Most household cleaners and cleaning agents are inexpensive and will last you a while.

Just remember never try to rub a stain away; you’ll just create a bigger mess. Instead, use one of these six tips below!

1.Soap & Water

Removing makeup stains with soap and water
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Using soap and water is my first line of defense against tough makeup stains. What’s even cooler about it is that you most likely already have the products lying around at home. I would recommend a liquid soap like Dawn to combat stains.

Most makeup products like foundations, BBC creams, and tinted moisturizers are oil-based. You will need a tough, grease-fighting agent like Dawn to remove stains.

Here’s what to do:

Grab a container and mix 1 part dish soap to 2 parts water. Stir the ingredients together. Then Grab an old (clean) toothbrush and dip the brush into the soap and water solution. Gently scrub the solution into the spot for a minute or two. You can then leave the item of clothing to air-dry or toss it into the wash.

If you don’t have an old toothbrush lying around, you can easily use a cotton swab as well or a tip of a washcloth.

2. Reach for a makeup remover wipe

Remove Makeup stains with makeup pads
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Like the soap and water method, you can reach for an on-hand makeup remover to remove clothing stains. This makeup remover already has the chemical agents to get rid of stains, so you don’t have to concoct one yourself.

Grab a fresh makeup remover wipe and carefully wipe away any visual makeup. Use a gentle touch and dab rather than rub. Remember, you don’t want the stain to set further.

Popular makeup remover wipes brands to try are from Neutrogena and Burt Bee’s cosmetic line. Of course, any makeup wipes you already have in your possession are fine, too, just as long as it’s for cleansing. Makeup wipes from the Neutrogena and Burt Bee’s line are conveniently compact in size. You can keep a pack on you at all times for when a fashion emergency arises.

3.Grandma’s secret spot remover

If you want to purchase a more sustainable all-purpose cleaner that also works on makeup stains, Grandma’s secret spot remover is an excellent product to own.

The spot remover lifts makeup stains, grass stains, oil, paint, coffee, spaghetti sauce, and more. Just spray the remover on clothing stains and let it sit for about twenty minutes. Then, add pre-treated items into your regular wash.

You can easily purchase this product at Walmart or your local Bed, Bath, & Beyond. For at-home delivery, you can buy Grandma’s secret spot remover on Amazon.

4. Rubbing alcohol

Chanel Red lipstick and perfume
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Rubbing alcohol is not only good for disinfection cuts but also particularly good for removing lipstick stains.

Lipstick is usually waxy and difficult to remove, but an alcoholic based product will take out the stains right away.

Grab a cotton ball, Q-Tip, or tip of a washcloth and dip it into rubbing alcohol. Apply it then to the makeup stain and massage gently until removed. If there is any lingering smell of alcohol, it will go away after a few minutes. So, you don’t have to worry about changing your clothes and can get on with your day.

5. Tide pens

Tide pens are the perfect on the go instant stain remover. They cost less than $10, and you can pick one up at any local Target, Walmart, or CVS.

Like makeup removal wipes, Tide pens are conveniently sized, so you can easily carry one in your purse, briefcase, car, or even pocket.

Tide pens are good for removing food and drink stains before they set in. The built-in microfiber pad gently lifts and absorbs stains. For anyone who works in the food industry, you know how easy it is to pick up stains on the job. Tide pens are essential for eliminating spots while working, instead of lamenting about set-in stains later.

6. A blow dryer

Makeup stain removal for face powders
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I bet you didn’t think of this, but blow dryers are a great tool to have on standby to get rid of makeup stains. It works best when using powder makeup.

No matter how long you’ve been using and applying your own makeup. It’s usually never a perfect application, especially when powders are involved.

If you are like me, you may have at one point or another forgotten to put on your outfit of the day after applying your makeup. You realized your mistake too late when you look down at your blouse and see some of your setting powder on your collar. Since it’s a powder, you already know any attempt to remove it by hand will cause it to smear into your clothes. So what do you do?

Grab a working blow dryer and blast the powder off your clothes. Just make sure the blow-dry is set on cool air and not hot, so you don’t burn your skin.

Here you have it, six methods you can use the next time you need to rid yourself of pesky makeup mishaps in a hurry. So the next time you notice a lipstick stain on your collar or gotten some setting powder on your tee-shirt. Just remember to take a look under your bathroom sink or hallway closest for an easy and quick, do-it-yourself solution.


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